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8th Annual Symposium on Switching and Automata Theory (SWAT 1967) (1967)
Oct. 18, 1967 to Oct. 20, 1967
pp: 240-251
Various procedures have long been known for synthesizing a sequential machine with a feedback shift-register if each state is to have exactly one assignment; however, these approaches fail if each state is allowed to have more than one assignment. Herein lies the equivalent-state problem. The equivalent-state problem is approached by establishing a relationship between feedback shift-register realizable flow tables and finite memory-span. From this relationship, a necessary and sufficient condition is derived for the realizability of a sequential machine with a feedback shift-register. The concept of the pair-graph is introduced which is used to bound the level and length of the feedback shift-register realization of a sequential machine. From an investigation of the pair-graph, recursive procedures arise which test sequential machines in which each state has L distinct successors for L-level feedback shift-register realizability. The complexity of feedback shift-register synthesis of more general machines is demonstrated.

R. L. Martin, "Memory-span concepts and the synthesis of sequential machines in feedback shift-register form," 8th Annual Symposium on Switching and Automata Theory (SWAT 1967)(FOCS), Texas, 1967, pp. 240-251.
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